Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tories Broken Promise On Private Schools

Tories: Another Broken Promise
The Tories have quietly dropped election manifesto promises to force private schools to provide "public benefit" in order to maintain their charitable status.

The plans had been to force independent schools to forge formal partnerships with local schools or offer a significant number of bursaries to poorer children to retain their tax status, earning them favourable business rates and VAT exemptions on fees.

However, it has now been revealed that such measures have been watered down and are to be left to voluntary arrangements.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Reading Gateway: Local Employment Opportunities


The Reading Gateway development in Whitley, near M4 junction 11, takes another step forward tomorrow (Wednesday 13 September) with the holding of a "Local Employment Opportunities" event.
With employment opportunities within the construction sector, as well as future chances in other industries, anyone interested should get along to the South Reading Community Centre, 252 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
The Reading Gateway scheme, which is due for completion in September 2018, will see the opening of a 120 Premier Inn Hotel, a Beefeater restaurant, a Toys R Us store, a Burger King and a Costa drive through.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Are You Registered To Vote?

Your Vote Matters - Don't Lose It

Did you know that registering to vote can help you:

Open a bank account
Get a mortgage
Buy a mobile phone
Get a loan or store card

To check to see if you are registered to vote or to register to vote please call 
0118 937 3717 or visit

Register to vote

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Postal vote

After you register, you can apply for a postal voteOpens new window. This is useful if voting at your local polling station is not convenient for you. You should apply at least 11 days before an election.

Proxy vote

After you register, you can apply for a proxy voteOpens new window. This is useful if you cannot get to your polling station because you fall ill or are abroad.


Students can register at home or in the place they are at college or university. However, they can only vote once.

Electoral register

Once you register to vote, you are added to the electoral register. There are two versions:
  • the full register - this is used for elections, law enforcement and by credit reference agencies
  • the open register - businesses and charities can contact us to purchase a copy to confirm name and address details
Contact us to exclude your details from the open register.